28 March 2016

Daily Bible Study--1 John 2:15-17

1 John 2:15-17

"Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Because everything that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and its lust; but he who does the will of God abides forever. " (1 John 2:15-17, EMTV)

A1 Outline

  1. B1 Command 1 John 2:15

  2. B2 Reason 1 John 2:16-17

A2 Notes

  1. B1 World

    1. C1 A system of life including how we live, how we think, what our motives and desires are.

    2. C2 This system is opposite of God's system.

    3. C3 It is called the "world," because it is the system currently in operation in humanity. It is the opposite of the "Kingdom of Heaven."

    4. C4 Cross references

      1. D1 "They are of the world: on account of this they speak of the world, and the world hears them." (1 John 4:5, EMTV)

      2. D2 "If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. " (John 15:19, EMTV)

      3. D3 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and well pleasing and perfect will of God. " (Romans 12:2, EMTV)

  1. B2 Love--is the word for choice. This life style and motivations/desires are chosen, not forced.

  2. B3 Lust--strong desire for something that is contrary to God's desires.

  3. B4 Pride--thinking and wanting to be looked up as being better than someone else.

  4. B5 Three sins

    1. C1 Lust of the flesh--"If it feels good, do it."

      1. D1 "The mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, “Who will give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we ate in Egypt for nothing; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; but now we have lost our appetite. There is nothing at all except this manna to look at.” (Numbers 11:4-6, WEB)

      2. D2 "They tempted God in their heart by asking food according to their desire." (Psalms 78:18, WEB)

      3. D3 "Don’t lust after her beauty in your heart, neither let her captivate you with her eyelids." (Proverbs 6:25, WEB)

      4. D4 "Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted." (1 Corinthians 10:6, WEB)

      5. D5 "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire." (Galatians 5:17, WEB)

    2. C2 Lust of the eyes--"O, that looks so good, I want it." That person then does whatever necessary to get it.

      1. D1 "When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate." (Genesis 3:6, WEB)

      2. D2 "When I saw among the spoil a beautiful Babylonian robe, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, then I coveted them and took them. Behold, they are hidden in the ground in the middle of my tent, with the silver under it.” (Joshua 7:21, WEB)

    3. C3 Pride of life--"I'm better than ___________."

      1. D1 "The king spoke and said, Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for the royal dwelling place, by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty? " (Daniel 4:30, WEB)

      2. D2 "“Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men—swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I tithe on all things, as many as I acquire.' And the tax collector, standing far away, would not so much as lift his eyes towards heaven, but beat on his chest, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I say to you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted." " (Luke 18:10-14, EMTV)

A3 Questions

  1. B1 Explain the phrase "love of the world?" Why is this condemned? Explain the alternative.

  2. B2 What is the two choices? Why can't someone love both?

  3. B3 How do these verses apply to church meetings?

  4. B4 Based on these two choices, which choice will make people happier? Why?

  5. B5 How is "love of the world" in this passage different than the same phrase in John 3:16?

  6. B6 Which of these two choices has eternal benefits?


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